I spent several days in December in Oslo. You may not believe but first thing that comes to my mind is – light! And then color! And then some more light!
The color was more indoors. Somewhat lazy and unwillingly I went to City Hall, only to discover that it was a real gem. One may say it is kitsch or another that it is too much of national and soc-realistic portrayals of the history and local population; I may say that is was, in today’s abundance of images and reincarnations of power and force – just fresh, unexpected and alive. What you say?
What you have seen here are details from ceilings, walls, doors and interior.
Not so far away another fascinating indoors, Oslo Opera House, designed by Snohetta – and again light:
Although mother nature did its magic and outside are predominantly monochrome colors, human touch did its magic and, as beauty is in the eye of beholder, some of you may appreciate a whole different angle on Scandinavian outdoors:
When in Oslo, don’t miss two things: Oslo Opera House and Astrup Fearnely Museum. Here are some messages and impressions from the second one.
This museum has been built between 2006 and 2012 and designed by designed by Renzo Piano Building Workshop. The complex is itself very nordic: very light, very ethereal, very transparent and minimalistic. Or is it just a huge sail? Inside, on the other hand, is colorful and loud, as one of the world most complex and diverse private collections found its place there. The collection itself dates to 1960s and museum displays it not in chronological view but in its full visual richness and expression. I may say that I learned here about Bjarne Melgaard and have never seen before so many damien-hirsts at one place. However, another piece was perhaps more intriguing:
Tom Sachs, “London Calling”, 2004
Is it electric cupboard? Or self-reflection board? Or serves only as a visual composition?
The exhibition is curated in the way that the visitor is engaged herself in the art, from just observing, going and out or avoiding it, to picking up the posters or candies from the floor and taking them with (yes, ‘the art pieces’ they are!).
Or – others are just – honest:
More about it you may found in their own blog.
I got the other day a catalog from BoConcept delivered to my home, with accompanying letter that there is going to be some kind of showroom today in their stores. Well, I am not into buying any furniture just now, but it doesn’t cost anything to: a) flip through the catalog, b) even stop by and see it in the store.
I don’t want to spam you now with photos, as you can see it yourself and/or check out their inspirations, but just to share some favourite ones with you.
Carpet Hopscotch: yes, it is a bit pathetic how they play with our memories, but it still did work in my case. I must admit – I kind of like it.
Then this lamp, Woody. I like the combination of black colour and raw wood, seems smart, warm, simple yet elegant. I’ve been today in the store and it looks even nicer and classier in real. There is also a able version, which can also be very functional and pretty at the same time. Other lamps there are beautiful as well.
This sofa table is there for already some time, combination of walnut wood and ash grey glass, and functioning as storage space. There is a great danger that you can easily turn your living room in an eating space as well – that is exactly why I am SO NOT buying this one (like, ever!).